Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

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Mission

The purpose of the Framingham Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is to create recreation opportunities, preserve open space, manage public athletic fields and parks, and administer recreation programs and facilities for the varied population of Framingham.

Recreational Programming

We provide over 300 formal programs geared toward Framingham’s diverse community. Services are provided through a combination of user fees and public tax dollars. Last year, we had just over 25,000 users in our formal programming.

Recreation program fees are established to cover the cost of each individual program (cost varies). For a list of our programs visit the Parks and Recreation website

All of our programs are available to Framingham residents. Non-residents may apply for certain programs for an additional fee. Obtain information about a program or register. Please feel free to visit our office located at the Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex at 475 Union Avenue, Framingham, Ma. 

Parks, Athletic Fields & Recreation Facilities

Framingham Parks and & Recreation offers a wide variety of facilities for its residents and surrounding community including:

  • 3 public beaches
  • 8 Outdoor Basketball Courts 
  • 16 Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts (Butterworth Park) 
  • 25 Playgrounds
  • 64 Athletic Fields for a variety of sports permit required for use.
  • A Football Stadium, permit is required for use.
  • Running Track (standard 1/4 mile)
  • Cross Country Running Trail
  • Indoor Ice Skating Arena
  • Outdoor Skate Park (New in 2018)
  • Dog Park (New in 2022)
  • Many passive recreation areas
  • Winter recreational trails - Cross-country Ski and Snowshoeing (New in 2018)

The department has hosted over 14,000 events/activities at its facilities this past year. To request a permit please visit our Park and Field Permit page. For more info on our facilities please contact our office directly at 508-532-5960 or Email Parks.recreation@framinghamma.gov.

Parks & Recreation is always looking to improve and expand on recreational amenities The City of Framingham offers. Check out our current list of projects on the Project and Improvement Plans page.

Parks & Recreation Commission

Policies for all recreation programming and facilities are determined by the Framingham Parks and Recreation Commission, which consists of a 5-member board appointed by the Mayor. Please visit the City Meeting Portal for meeting information. 

Current Board Members are: